Change up: Pedro merely mortal to M's

New York Mets Notes and Quotes for Sunday, June 18: The Mariners get the best of Pedro Martinez; David Wright banged and bruised on a daring play; Class-A Hagerstown looks to wrap up a first half title...

Forget the 13-0 lifetime mark against the Seattle Mariners, the miniscule career ERA. For the first time at Safeco Field, Pedro Martinez was simply mortal, helped minimally by his offense and only in small doses by his defense.

The straggling Mets managed just one run against Seattle starter Ryan Franklin – only New York's 12th run on a road trip that reaches its sixth game on Sunday – in losing their fourth straight to Seattle, 4-1.

The Mariners got to Martinez for four runs on five hits in the fourth inning, the only scoring he would allow in a six-inning effort that saw him allow nine hits while striking out seven.

"It was just a matter of time," Martinez told reporters. "I have to give them credit for putting the ball in play."

Third baseman David Wright – a night after stroking three hits to account for half of the Mets' production – tried again to correct for his teammates, but it wasn't enough.

Wright tripled and made a spectacular catch on a foul pop to end Martinez's lagging fourth inning, flying into the third base seats to rob Raul Ibanez and banging up his hip and chest in the process.

The Mets are 33-35, six games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals.

Notes & Quotes

Ishii to stick around: Despite calls to the contrary, Mets manager Willie Randolph told reporters he has no designs on removing starter Kazuhisa Ishii from the club's rotation yet, despite the fact that Ishii is 1-6 with a 5.40 ERA and has looked very inconsistent this season.

Randolph wasn't exactly ironclad in his assessment, saying that Ishii's job is safe "for now." If the Mets decide to pluck the lefthander, Aaron Heilman has been pitching exceptionally in relief and Jae Seo is also throwing bullets at Triple-A Norfolk.

Injury updates: Kaz Matsui (left knee) and Mike Cameron (right knee, quad) were held out of the Mets' lineup again on Saturday, and neither appears to be likely to play in Sunday's series finale. The Mets have Monday off, and both could play Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

Cameron will have missed a week of action after Sunday's game and could be a disabled list candidate if he's unavailable Tuesday; Cameron had hoped to play in the weekend series at Seattle – where he played from 2000-03 – but had to settle for walking the lineup card to home plate on Friday night.

Meanwhile, a published report over the weekend painted the Yankees as interested in acquiring Cameron's services. The Mets are not said to be interested.

Minor League Report

TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Rodney Nye homered and Angel Pagan knocked a run-scoring double to account for a two-run seventh inning, leading the Tides to a 2-1 win over Scranton Wilkes-Barre Saturday. Jason Scobie (8-3) went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits for the win. The Tides (40-30) lead Durham by eight games in the International League South.

DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Norwich came back with two runs in the bottom of the tenth inning, erasing Jeff Duncan's go-ahead homer in the top half of the inning and sending the B-Mets to a 6-5 defeat. Binghamton actually had runners at the corners and one out in the top half of the inning, but Jay Caligiuri (who homered earlier in the game) struck out looking and Mike Jacobs flew out to end the threat. Ken Chenard threw seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) for Binghamton (31-33), which trails Portland by six games in the Eastern League Northern Division.

HIGH-A ST. LUCIE: Andy Wilson, Brett Harper and Greg Ramirez are in Clearwater, Fla. for the 44th annual Florida State League All-Star Game. The Mets resume play on Monday.

LOW-A HAGERSTOWN: With one game remaining in the season's first half, the Suns must win Sunday to at least tie for the league title. They won Saturday, 6-3, with Mike Devaney pitching six innings for the win and Jesus Flores clubbing his fourth homer of the year. Hagerstown (41-28) is tied with Lexington atop the South Atlantic League's Northern division.

On Deck

Tom Glavine (4-6, 4.55) heads to the mound on Sunday looking to snap the Mets' recent malaise and avoid a Safeco Sweep. Gil Meche (6-4, 4.38) counters for the Mariners, with first pitch slated for 4:05 p.m.


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